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Meet Michael Wardian and Rosie
Michael Wardian, 41, from Arlington, VA and Rosie his 2 year old Vizsla training partner are coming back to the Alexandria Turkey Trot to try to defend their 2014 victories in the Doggie and Masters Division.
Rosie had some health issues earlier in 2014 but she has rebounded and has been training hard for her defense. "We have gradually worked Rosie back into form and she is very fit and strong at the moment", Wardian said.
Michael has been running a lot of very challenging marathons and ultra marathons around the world; however, his speed is returning and they are both super fired up for the Alexandria Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving and for the opportunity to run fast on Thanksgiving and be a part of local running community.
"We would not want to be anywhere else in the world on Thanksgiving morning and plan to push the entire race and hope to be nipping at the heels of the other elites in the race, like we did in 2014", Wardian as quoted as saying.
Look for them at the Alexandria Turkey Trot and see if you can keep up with them.
You can follow Rosie and Michael on social media as follows:
Twitter: @rosievizslaruns @mikewardian
Michael Wardian is an American marathoner and ultra-marathoner. In addition to a lengthy list of podium finishes at marathons, half-marathons, 50k /100k and 100 Mile races, Michael has set world records for the fastest marathon and also 50K on an indoor 200-meter track. In March 2015, he also set the World Record for the fastest 50K on a treadmill (at the Hoka One One Sales Meeting in May 2015 after having set the World Record on a Spartan Race Cruise)
Michael has also completed some of the most difficult races in the world like:
The Badwater Ultra marathon-135 Miles in Death Valley, CA in July
The Marathon des Sables-appx 150 miles in the Sahara desert in Morocco
The Ultra Trail du Mount Blanc-appx. 100 miles with 28,000 feet of vertical assent travelling through 3 countries, France, Italy and Switzerland
The UVU North Pole Marathon with temperatures dipping below negative 40 Celsius.
The Buff Epic Run in Pyrenees, Spain with over 9000 Meters of ascent
The Diagonale des Fous (Crossing of the Fools), 100 miles with over 32,000 Feet of Ascent, on Reunion Island
In between feats like running two marathons in one day, and setting a world record for the fastest time running a marathon dressed as superhero, Wardian has participated in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Men's Marathon, recording a personal best of 2:17:49.
Wardian was the IAU Ultra Runner of the Year in 2010, and is a four-time USATF Ultra Runner of the Year from 2008-2011. He also won the 2014 USATF Master's Athlete of the Year for both Roads and Trails.
He is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he played Division 1 lacrosse, only beginning to run competitively after graduating.
Michael resides in Arlington, Va with his wife and two sons, Pierce and Grant.